There are plenty of lists and articles that claim to collect the best places to go skydiving—but if you really dig into the details, you’ll see that many of these lists select different providers and locations. Even if you manage to narrow it down to a few providers, you’ll still have to make a final decision on your own.
With all this in mind, we’ve put together a short guide to help you find the best places to skydive in the U.S.—and book your adventure with confidence. Although DZONE® is a great choice for jumpers in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington, the location you choose should ultimately meet several criteria:
- In the United States, the provider should be a USPA Group Member.
- The instructors should be active USPA members with the appropriate ratings.
- The pilots should all hold Commercial Pilot Certificates from the FAA.
- The provider should be well-established, with good reviews.
- The provider should offer tandem skydiving.
Whatever you do, remember that cheaper doesn’t mean better. Don’t ever let the desire for savings put you in harm’s way.
Best Places to Skydive: USPA Certification
In order to be associated with the United States Parachute Association (USPA), the dropzone’s owner and instructors must hold themselves to the association’s standards. You can expect any USPA group member to provide safe, modern skydiving equipment and work with properly trained and licensed instructors.
Best Places to Skydive: Good Reviews
Any credible dropzone understands that nothing is more important than your experience. If a skydiving location has more than a handful of negative reviews, then you can do better.
Take us, for example! At the time of writing, our DZONE® locations are all rated at 4.7 stars out of 5—or higher:
- DZONE® Boise: 4.7 stars out of 5
- DZONE® Bozeman: 4.9 stars out of 5
Looking for reputable locations in other parts of the country? Our friends at Go Jump America offer jumps in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Whether you’re hoping to jump in Moab, UT or Wisconsin, we’d be happy to help you identify the best places to skydive in the U.S.
Best Places to Skydive: Tandem Jumps
Tandem skydiving is the safest way to jump. If you’re new to the sport, the best places to skydive will be the dropzones that pair you with a trained instructor. Once again, DZONE® fits that description—but tandem jumping is offered at locations all across the country (and the world, for that matter).
If you’re planning to learn how to skydive on your own, consider dropzones that also have an A license program. Eventually, you can progress to the point where you’re the instructor on a tandem jump.
Further Considerations: Location, Location, Location!
A lot of would-be skydivers start their search by looking for a beautiful place to jump, and yes, jumpers at DZONE® enjoy beautiful views and green grass landings.
When you’re thinking about a location, remember that skydiving doesn’t have to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience—nor should it be! If you want to get your skydiving license or celebrate the anniversary of your first jump, it just makes sense to choose a location that’s close to home.
Otherwise, just choose the most reputable location wherever you happen to be visiting. Ask questions! Reach out to the dropzone you plan on visiting, they have the most expertise and knowledge, and will be able to answer any questions that you may have. In the Bozeman or Boise area? Reach out to DZONE, we’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have and let you know when skydiving season is in our area!
Visit One of the Best Places to Skydive in the U.S.
When all is said and done, you’re already right where you’re meant to be! DZONE® is a great choice for anyone who wants to go skydiving—whether it’s for the first time or part of your weekly routine. While you’re here, watch a few of our skydiving videos to get ready for the big day!
Reading about how to skydive is one thing—experiencing the jump is another! If you’re ready to get first-hand experience with skydiving equipment and best practices, don’t wait to book your appointment! While you’re here, you can get an even better sense of how skydiving works by watching videos of experienced jumpers who were once just like you!